Bath’s pre-baby were things of luxury. You had a bath because you wanted too. A perfect way to wind down and relax after a stressful day.
A perfect way to wind down and relax after a stressful day.
Often there would be a book present, occasionally you would maybe bathe in the dark with relaxing candles and maybe even music. Sometimes the hubby would be invited. The ultimate downtime.
The ultimate downtime.
If I had known how different doing g something as simple as having a bath after kids would be like, I would have had one every night.
I would have taken advantage.
Post kids life is full of what if’s.
Here are the realities of having a bath when you are a mother.
Baths after kids
So you’ve had the baby, the endless sleepless nights have been going on for a few nights now. The lovely newborn haze is wearing off and your ready to leave you baby and have a BATH!
That right you look like death and you stink (This was me, I’m sure you don’t stink. Nobody will tell you because you probably have raging hormones right about now or will be a tearful wreck… just me again )
So you really have 2 options here:
- You can wait till the baby has gone down for the night, chances are they aren’t sleeping thru yet. You probably have a 3-4 hour window of opportunity unless the baby is a feeding machine. Then you have about 30 minutes. My advice here would be ditch the candles and the soothing music. If you have a shower take that option. If not then make sure you speed wash, that’s body and hair. Don’t forget you may need to dry your hair so figure at least 10 minutes of drying and brushing. Personally I very rarely dry my hair, I’m a terrible role model. This is probably why I always look so terrible!
- You can get your better (or in my case worse) other half to watch the kids.This happened to me this morning and was pure bliss. The pointers to remember with this option is to get everything ready before you jump in the tub. So that’s hair dryer, straighteners towel etc. I’ve had times where I’ve popped down for the hair dryer and been coerced into quickly getting dressed back down to the kids. I won’t get lured into that trap again.
2 Children or more = Relaxing baths are no more!
When you have 2 children or more the chance of having a relaxing time in the bath is well and truly over. Nowadays I try and have a quick bath when both boys are asleep (this very rarely happens). More often than not I now have a bath after the kids are both in bed (that’s 7 pm for Max and 8pm for Kai).
Thos really drives me nuts because when the kids are in bed I want to just wind down and personal hygiene isn’t a treat for me anymore (I apologise to my friends and family for this). Sometimes it cant be avoided. I often share my bath with rubber ducks and all sorts.
I dread the day the kids want to climb in with me.
It’s bad enough that Max points and says boobies if he catches me getting changed!!!